Report: Death toll from Iranian post election riots hits 72
An ally of Iranian reformist leader Mirhossein Mousavi has claimed 72 people died in the protests that took place following the June 12's presidential election, a reformist website reported on Thursday. According to Reuters, the death toll mentioned by Alireza Hosseini Beheshti indicated a rise of three compared to an estimate he provided last month.
The authorities have been claiming that 26 people died in the riots. They said several members of the pro-government Basij militia were among those killed. "The latest number of victims in the street protests reached 72," Beheshti was quoted as saying by the Mosharekat website.